metro train

by Jodi Summers Watch our Metro grow. In the most recent presidential elections, LA approved Measure M – the half-cent sales tax increase to fund new public transit projects and infrastructure improvements. Here’s our metro – now and future… As an FYI, Angelinos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic. Currently, […]

Liquefaction_ in Adapazari Turkey

by Jodi Summers Get ready for some major chaos and expense. According to a City report, more than 2,200 buildings in Santa Monica may be vulnerable to collapse or major damage during an earthquake, including more than 1,800 soft-story buildings, 220 brick buildings, 73 concrete buildings and 71 steel-frame buildings. The report concluded,  “many buildings […]

let us host

by Jodi Summers Do you want to know what rental prices at the beach have gotten so high? Short-term rentals have pushed up the demand and thus the price. The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a labor-backed advocacy group, estimates that more than 7,000 houses and apartments have been taken off the rental […]

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edited by Jodi Summers You’re lucky to live in Santa Monica. We all are. 2011 estimates show that Santa Monica has 90,377 fortunate residents. Tourists, workers, and beachgoers can increase the city’s daytime population to between 250,000 and 450,000 people. That’s a lot of humanity in 8.3 square miles, which is why, in 2009, Santa Monica reported […]

by Jodi Summers Proposition 13 limits annual tax increases on both commercial and residential properties at 2% each year after a sale takes place. The landmark 1978 California tax change was passed, in part, so that older Californians are not priced out of their homes through high taxes. Proposition 13 has been called the “third […]